Barack Obama

What Does it Mean When Heads of State Talk About OGP?

I don’t think I’ll ever get over the excitement of hearing a sitting Head of State promote OGP on the public stage. This was the case earlier this month in France, when President Hollande signed his country’s new National Action Plan in the presence of his guest, Mexican President Peña Nieto. And it happened again over the weekend, when US President Obama, joining Kenya President Kenyatta, spoke of leveraging OGP in order to promote the rule of law. Remise Plan OGP.JPG...

POTUS in Kenya

President Barack Obama, POTUS, as he is now popularly referred to, will this weekend visit Kenya for the 2015 Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES) being co-hosted by the Government of Kenya. The visit is one that, in the minds of Kenyans, has been a long time coming. POTUS (which stands for President of the United States), after all, is Kenya’s son and the visit has every feel of a homecoming. Nairobi residents will testify that in anticipation of the imminent arrival of the first sitting...

"The Greatest Time of my Life": Winning the Open Government Awards 2014

Denmark won the The Open Goverment Awards 2014, and winning the awards gave me one of the greatest moments of my life. To stand in The United Nations Building in New York, to be spoken to and given the award by the Danish Prime Minister, Helle Thorning, and shortly after to be greeted and congratulated by Barack Obama, President of the United States, was definitely a moment to remember and to speak out about.   OGA-Thumbnail-ststaminister-præsident-og-ML.jpg-large.jpg...

Remembering Our Commitment to Our Coalition for Change

Last month, government and civil society leaders gathered at the High Level Event in New York to renew their commitment to OGP. Leaders shared powerful and inspiring words to reimagine the government through more open and honest collaboration with citizens and civil society. A month on, it’s useful to remind ourselves of the coalition for change that we pledged to maintain. As can be seen in the recently released highlights video of the event and the transcript of the remarks, speakers spoke...

Mexico To Lead Open Government Partnership -- Press Release

Global Organization Recognizes Mexico's Leadership on Government Transparency and Digital Democracy For immediate release NEW YORK -- Mexico today assumed the chairmanship of the Open Government Partnership in a ceremony at the United Nations. Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto was joined by other world leaders and heads of state, including U.S. President Barack Obama and French President François Hollande, at today's meeting of the Open Government Partnership. Mexico is the first Latin...

Open Government Road Block

Earlier this week, on the fringes of the United Nations General Assembly, I was privileged to attend an extraordinary meeting. On the stage and in the audience were the presidents of the U.S., Mongolia, Liberia and several other nations, as well as the U.N. Deputy Secretary General and Special Rapporteur for the Right to Information, U.S. cabinet members, civil society activists from Burma, Kenya, Mexico, Zimbabwe and elsewhere, and heads of several major U.S. foundations. You get the...

Help defend civic space - Obama launches #Stand4CivilSociety

  President Obama Holds a Civil Society Roundtable Video of President Obama Holds a Civil Society Roundtable   View the story "Help defend civic space - Obama launches #Stand4CivilSociety" on Storify

Obama welcomes African leaders' OGP plans

President Obama Welcomes African Leaders Video of President Obama Welcomes African Leaders So what our discussion has focused on is, number one, how do we continue to build on strong democracies; how do we continue to build on transparency and accountability. Because what we've learned over the last several decades is that when you've got good governance -- when you have democracies that work, sound management of public funds, transparency and...